Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga Series #1)

Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga Series #1)

by Raymond E. Feist
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Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga Series #1) by Raymond E. Feist

The last remnants of an ancient advanced race, the Clan of the Seven Stars, are returning at long last to their lost homeworld, Midkemia—not as friends, but as would-be conquerors. Led by the conjurer Laromendis, they are fleeing the relentless demon hordes that are sweeping through their galaxy and destroying the elves' vast empire planet by planet. Only by escaping to Midkemia and brutally overtaking the war-weary world can the last remnants of a mighty civilization hope to survive . . . if the Dread Legion does not pursue them through the rift.

The magician Pug, Midkemia's brave and constant defender, is all too familiar with the Demon King Maarg and his minions and their foul capacity for savagery and horror, and he recognizes the even graver threat that is following on the heels of the elven invasion. The onslaught to come will dwarf every dire catastrophe his imperiled world has previously withstood, and there is no magical champion in all of Midkemia powerful enough to prevent it. Only one path remains for Pug and Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the Conclave of Shadows: forging an alliance of formidable magical talents, from the demon-dealing warlock Amirantha, brother of Pug's hated foe, and the demon-taming cleric Sandreena, to the elven Queen Miranda, to the warrior Tomas. However, uniting enemies and bitter, vengeful former lovers will be no easy task, and even together they may ultimately be unable to turn the death tide. But a failure to do so will most certainly ensure Midkemia's doom.

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ISBN-13: 9780061468353
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Series: Demonwar Saga Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 324,232
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.28(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
For over a century, the horde of the Demon King Maarg has defeated the Taredhel elves, kicking the ancient race off of many planets and leaving few left. After their latest defeat on Andcardia, the desperate remnants of the Clan of the Seven Stars led by Laromendis the mage flee to their origin planet that they left millennia ago, the legendary home world Midkemia. Pug the magician assumes the elves are friends united in a cause to defeat the demon legions who pursue them. He underestimates the newcomers whose leader plans to brutally seize control of Midkemia and use the orb in a desperate last stand that could readily mean extinction of everyone on the planet. Pug knows no one magician can stand against the coming invasion. He hopes to obtain the help of Amirantha the demon master Warlock of the Satumbria, the Order of the Dala cleric Sandreena, Queen Miranda the elf, and Tomas the warrior to join him and the Conclave of Shadows, unaware of previous relationships but not caring anyway. This is their last prayer to forge a stronger magical alliance to fight the coming Dread Demon horde. Just when long running fans of Pug figure he is ready to retire, Raymond E. Feist begins a new adventure for the hero with the first book in the Demonwar fantasy. Pug struggles to put together an alliance of enemies as each is threatened by a greater opponent. The story line is fast-paced though the beginning is a bit slow but the opening act is needed to introduce the varying factions. RIDES A DREAD LEGION is filled with action, but it is the Machiavellian intrigue between allies who distrust everyone else on their side that makes this tale work, each expects betrayal so almost everyone plots betrayal even though none can stand up alone while Pug struggles to keep the alliance together as the legendary Dreaded Demon Legions are coming to Midkemia. Harriet Klausner
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist's work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It's difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can't read one and wait until the next is released. The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a Demon Master, and Laromendis a Conjurer, were essential to not only understanding about demon lore but also to learn how the Taredhel come to be so very different from the other Elves we are used to reading about on Midkemia. Amirantha, a warlock who is a summoner of demons, is more than he appears to be. And because of this, he is both a contributor and a victim of the Demon Legion. He's also got himself caught in a complicated romance. Every time that his and Sandreena's, Knight-Adamant of the Order of the Shield of the Weak, paths cross she punches him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Pug's mind is heavy with the price he must pay, to see all the ones that he loves die before him. With the aid of members of the Conclave like the multi-talented and highly secretive Jim Dasher and Father-Bishop Creegan of the Temple of Dala, they must find a way to interpret the vague and not very helpful insights given to him by the Oracle. Only by this group of potential enemies working together and gathering more and more information to answer the questions that keep mounting, will Midkemia be able to hold off the Dread Legion invading the last know habitable world.
arwarfel More than 1 year ago
In typical form he has crafted another great story. Well done highly recommend this book
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This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am very impressed! The pacing and characters were amazing. Too many authors have problems with keeping the storyline moving, this author kept me interested the whole book. This is one of my favorite books in this genre.
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ahunr661 More than 1 year ago
Recognizing the start of a series must provide the basis for the story that follows, this was a rather dry start consisting of a lot of character conversations that were drawn out too long. hopefully the following books will include a bit more action to keep readers enthralled.
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